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Real-Time Data Validation with Google Tag Assistant Recordings

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: great analytics can only happen with great data.  

That's why we've made it a priority to help our users confirm that their data is top-quality. Last year we released our automated data diagnostics feature, and now we’re proud to announce the launch of another powerful new feature: Google Tag Assistant Recordings.  

This tool helps you instantly validate your Google Analytics or Google Analytics Premium implementation. If it finds data quality issues, it helps you troubleshoot them and then recheck them on the spot.  It’s available as part of the Google Tag Assistant Chrome Extension.

Learn more in today's blog post at: http://goo.gl/q2YhG4
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En 2010 j'ai tenter l'aventure d'un projet 365. (https://www.flickr.com/pho…/brodseba/sets/72157623355271035/) C'est à dire, une photo par jour pendant 1 an.Je ne me suis pas rendu jusqu'au bout, mais j'ai beaucoup appris pendant l’exercice.

Plus de 5 ans après, j'ai décidé de retenter l'expérience. Je crois que c'est le coup de pied au cul dont j'ai besoin. Le plus difficile dans ce genre de projet n'est pas de faire une photo par jour, mais de faire une photo par jour intéressante.

Pour ma première journée, disons que mon beau plan que j'avais en tête a pris le bord. En effet, je désirais faire un auto-portrait avec flash studio dans mon salon, mais j'ai réalisé que j'ai oublié une pièce de mon trépied chez une amie, j'ai donc dû trouver un plan B rapidement.

Je vous présente donc ma première image. Un début modeste (j'aimes la lumière mais pas le composition) mais il se fait tard.
Je tenterais de publier ma photo à chaque soir. Au plaisir.
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En 2010 j'ai tenter l'aventure d'un projet 365. C'est à dire, une photo par jour pendant 1 an.Je ne me suis pas rendu jusqu'au bout, mais j'ai beaucoup appris pendant l’exercice. Plus de 5 ans après, j'ai décidé de retenter l'expérience.
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J'aimerais bien m'y mettre. J'ai acheté une harmonica il y a quelques semaines, mais j'ai pas encore commencé à pratiquer. :-)
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Hi, there is a lot of talk about semalt.com traffic on site.  Does the "bots filtering" features will detect and remove these traffic?  If not, I really suggest Google to add them to the list of know bots.
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Semalt is not a bot, its a website ;) You can get those referrals removed by modifying your htacess
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How to use the Management API with Google Apps Script to upload data into GA directly from a Google Drive Spreadsheet.
 
Does anyone have already use the GA Management API to do data import (uploading) from a Google Spreadsheet script? It seem the uploadData need a application/octet-stream. Is it possible to create such stream using Google Apps script?  (something like: 'data:Application/octet-stream,' + encodeURIComponent(data);
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TamperMonkey (inject GTM - or anything!) on ANY website

Using this technique, you can quickly jump start your implementation by automatically adding the GTM container on the website, without waiting for their dev team to deploy it. This effectively allow you to do most of the implementation and tests without even altering the website!

Note, however, that if you use a dataLayer approach, you might have to forge some fake data or still scrape the DOM to populate a temporary dataLayer that will be replaced once your real code is in place (refer to https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StephaneHamel/posts/JVX9CF37Tdf for a discussion about DOM scraping vs Data Layer techniques)

1) Install +Tampermonkey  from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tampermonkey/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo
2) Create a new TamperMonkey script with the following info - don't forget to replace the @include line and the GTM container id GTM-ABC123 with yours (note: in some cases, we have to add a 500ms delay before injecting our code)

// ==UserScript==
//@name      Name of your script 
//@namespace http://use.i.E.your.homepage/
//@version   0.1
//@description Inject GTM bootstrap on my website
//@include    http://mywebsite.com/* [wildcard url where TM should inject the code]
//@copyright 2014, shamel@cardinalpath.com
// ==/UserScript==

// Google Tag Manager
setTimeout("(function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start':"+
"new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],"+
"j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'?'&l='+l:'';j.src="+
"'//www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id='+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f);"+
"})(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-ABC123');"+
"console.info('GTM injected');",500);
// End Google Tag Manager

3) Under the Settings tab, set the following:
a) Position: 2
b) Run at: document-body
c) run only in top frame: default
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I try to push a version in Preview and Debug mode, but GTM web interface started to reload (showing a Loading... yellow banner) but nothing happend.  Also, when I try to access the web site, no debug info are showing and the GTM tags doesn't loaded. The same version of the tagging work fine if a publish it.  Any idea why?  I already try to disable all my Chrome plug-ins.
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From https://plus.google.com/101103411514691389259/posts/SHB5y6W3UY4:

+Brian Kuhn 
"Re: debug mode, the current issue is due to macros that push onto the dataLayer. To be clear, this is only an issue in debug mode; production containers are unaffected. We'll probably find a way to fix debug mode for this case, but this is also something you should try to avoid. Macros should not have side effects; the results are too unpredictable (and unspecified) otherwise."
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Does anyone have already use the GA Management API to do data import (uploading) from a Google Spreadsheet script? It seem the uploadData need a application/octet-stream. Is it possible to create such stream using Google Apps script?  (something like: 'data:Application/octet-stream,' + encodeURIComponent(data);
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Here the complete Google Apps Script:

var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
var rows = sheet.getDataRange();
var numRows = rows.getNumRows();
var values = rows.getValues();
var data = "";
for (var i = 0; i <= numRows - 1; i++) {
  for (var j = 0; j <= values[i].length - 2; j++) {
    data = data + values[i][j] + ",";
  }
  data = data + values[i][values[i].length - 1] + "\n"
}
var blob = Utilities.newBlob(data, "application/octet-stream");
Analytics.Management.Uploads.uploadData('XXXXXX', 'UA-XXXXXX-X', 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX', blob);

uploadData take 4 parameters. The first one is the GA Account, then the property, the third one is the upload API key for the specific data source and the last one is the data (formated as CSV and transform into a blob.)

Enjoy!
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Does anyone know a plugin that would fire GTM events when people interact with a Twitter Bootstrap UX (Ie.:  trigger a GTM event when someone open a accordion, a carousel item is showed/clicked, etc) ?

(Using jQuery and CSS selector, this can be done easily, but why wrote code someone may have already wrote for me ? :-)
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That what I did with my mousedown auto-event (click auto-event are often broken because of return false;, mousedown is pretty much left alone by developer :-)  And as a bonus, you can bypass the fact that right and middle click button doesn't throw a click event.
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Are GTM custom JS macro call only when the tag using it is called?
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My bad, I readed too fast :-)
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Ça vaut grandement le 5 min. que ça prend à lire.
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